The Humanity Priest Gets Up in a Foreign Country’s Business

13Jun09

 

This is what “sick and tired of being sick and tired” looks like.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his extremist croneys are alleged to have stolen Iran’s 2009 presidential elections from the will of the people- women, young men, and other ordinary citizens who have had enough of life in a country that oppresses them, suppresses them, and violates even their most basic human rights.

Did I hope very much that the reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi would win the election, taking Ahmadinejad out of the picture? Yes. As an American, there is no love lost here for Mr. Makes-Islam-Look-Bad. At the very least, the dream that I would no longer have to listen to his unprofessional rants about Israel and the United States made me happy. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on some days no better than your average Internet drama king, stirring up nonsense and trouble because it’s easier than expressing real thoughts- or coming up with real thoughts to begin with.

“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury.” (from thinkexist.com)

“Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken.” (from adl.org)

“The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime [Israel], which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast.” (from wikiquote.org)

Yeah, that kind of talk is very professional. I’m not even going to get into the guy’s opinions… when the leader of a nation, a supposedly respectable adult, shoots off his mouth like a 15-year-old kid in a public chatroom I lose interest.

And if the results of the recent elections stick, we’re ALL stuck with him. I’m unhappy.

Just as so many people in the world were unhappy when George W. Bush won a second term as the President of the United States.

It was an election whose results many questioned. It was an election capped off by the American anger of millions who hated torture and the Patriot Act. It was an election that meant everyone else on the planet who had access to a TV would have to hear this kind of thing:

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” (from wikiquote.org)

…for another four years.

Still, the election was, first and foremost, America’s problem.

The last thing I would have wanted was too much input from foreign nations, much less intervention. It was America’s election, America’s president- whether rightfully elected or not- and America’s business.

So should I be emotionally involved in Iran’s election process? I stand with Mousavi supporters who are demanding reform and freedom. I am not pleased to think that this troublemaker- in all his unprofessional glory!- will be in our faces much longer. I’m unhappy.

But is it any of my business? I am not Iranian. I respect the sovereignity of nations.

Unless Mahmoud Ahmadinejad starts a full-blown genocide or tries to blow up Israel or something like that, this election is probably out of my jurisdiction.

None of which means that I can’t hold an intellectual opinion.

We have seen the face of a people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are demanding the reform they deserve. May they get it. I will be blogging about Iran’s situation in the future as news develops.

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